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Writing the Common App Personal Essay is often the most challenging part of the application process, even for students who are excellent writers. The essay is a unique type of writing, part personal memoir, part personal narrative; it is unlike what students have written for...

Choosing which college to attend is most student’s first adult decision—with the process of applying to college a bridge between childhood and young adulthood. When students own the process, they discover what is important to them in their college experience, and that comes through in...

Is your high school junior putting off college research, complaining that it takes too long or suggesting that they know enough to decide which colleges they want to apply to? I get it. Researching colleges is labor intensive, but it’s also too important to rush....

By now high school seniors have all their admission decisions, and the tables are suddenly turned: no longer wondering who will choose them, the conversation is about which college they will choose. Many colleges will have “admitted student” events — they range from one day programs...

As college admissions becomes more competitive, students frequently look for ways to “distinguish” themselves from their peers. One increasingly common choice: research. Research has become so popular in recent years that many companies have sprung up offering to match high school students with graduate students,...

As high school seniors put the final touches on their college applications, and the 2021-2022 application season winds down, attention quickly turns to juniors. What can they expect for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle?  Here are some early trends: The future of standardized testing remains in...